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and jokes coming up. as ukraine's national assembly rooms in the interim cabinet. pro russian armed gunmen continued to control crime year's regional parliaments the last five days after his ouster ex president of ghana which pops up and rush over to schedule a friday news conference. thought i was a speech before a joint session of parliament even the queen on to record this as his uk counterpart david cameron says he can get his way when it comes to an antique buttons eu membership status it all. its engine keeps building over ukraine in crimea as capital gunmen in control of parliament was wasted. the russian flag cross the border russian fighter jets in the sky in ukraine's ousted president hopping up the tree of the cove which was given a friday press conference in the southern russian city of raw stuff and gone. meanwhile in the capital of double screening process for ukraine's new cabinet inside parliament in downtown st the prime minister and the new direction the line taking a taxi to the ukrainian government is european integration. sad to see if his linens and things to be troub
to help ease the turmoil in ukraine's russian dominated region. on thursday the new ukrainian government held its first cabinet meeting led by newly appointed prime minister in our city gets in you. in the meantime now said present a victory and a cold it is said to be in russia. russian state news agencies aree plansn hold a news conference on friday. he is a clear he is still ukraine's president but has lost support across almost the entire country chloe audio mix. over in seoul national assembly lawmakers passed a series of long pending bills as this much extraordinary session wrapped up today but they remain divided over a controversial revision to the nation's pension system our national assembly correspondent you don't go as he detests lawmakers in the national assembly passed a series of key lightly the bills on friday the last day of this month's extraordinary session. among the bills passed was a revision to the personal information protection act which requires financial institutions and organizations to encrypt the plans thirteen digit identification number restoring been in a
and unity of ukraine. >> can i ask you how you would describe the russian military movement in crime 83? do these act as a -- >> i'm not going to comment. you'll hear from the president shortly. we are deeply concerned by these reports, deeply concerned by what we see as the facts on the ground. and we urge russia to join us -- lping ukraine get on back on a path to a brighter future. > thank you very much. >> good afternoon. as you know, the members of the security council considered having an urgent meeting in response to a letter of -- [inaudible] >> go ahead. >> held an urgent meeting in sponse to a letter dated february 2014 by the permanent representative of ukraine to the president of the security council. the briefing and close consultations were held. the briefing was held by assistant secretary general who briefed the council members on the situation in ukraine. the council members reviewed with concern the recent developments in the country. during the concern was expressed for the ukraine and the council agreed on the importance of restraint by all the actors in the ukraine. th
consecutive day with sergey lavrov, warning about a russian incursion and sovereignty of ukraine. then we heard from jay carney, a warning of grave consequences if russia were to go into ukraine. then suddenly about 5:00 eastern time, president obama appeared in the briefing room and here's what he had to say. >> we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the russian federation inside of ukraine. russia has a historic relationship with ukraine clul cultural and economic including cultural and economic ties. anything incursion would be deeply destabilizing which is not in the best interest of ukraine or europe. >> there would be a cost if russia been into ukraine. what would be the cost? military intervention on the part of nato or the united states, completely out of the question. what is the other? sanctions? earlier i spoke with an official and they said they are considering, the sochi winter olympics just concluding there, likely not going to go if this situation continues. russians have already made overtures in the last several months about deepening trade
their grip on the crimea region of ukraine. it all unraveled quickly over the last 72 hours. >> the russian federation constitute an act of aggression against the state of ukraine. >> that in response to russian president vladimir putin receiving authorities saturday from his parliament to use military force in ukraine. all the while, the spectacle continued. a mystery gunman with no insignias on their uniforms, patrolling the streets. >> where are you from? >> russia. >> from where in russia? >> it's not important. >> but it is important to nearly all of europe and the united states. president obama spoke to president putin calling on him to withdraw his troops. on sunday the situation seemed to get worse. they surrounded their naval operations base. asking the commander to hand over control. >> we've been ordered to defend the base he says, if anyone tries to force us to leave, we'll defend it and fight with our guns. >> in all some ten bases surround it. ukrainian troops inside the base appear to be russian troops on the youd sides. the stand-offs have been tense, so far there's been no
broad, military russian assault. you see russian tanks outside of the ukraine bases issue they have been moving into position, forces of russia, moving into position around the facility and bases on the cripplia, as of right now -- crimea, they have surrounded 10 military and naval bases, russia ambassador to united nations, claiming that deposed president yanukovich formallyequested that russian military intervene to protect ethnic russians in crimean peninsula, here is ambassador va tally this afternoon. president has received of russia received following from president yanukovich, i quote, statements of president of ukraine. say that the events in my place, and in kiev, have resulted in fact that i would call on mr. puti is establish peace, law an "law & order", defending people of ukraine. lou: our ambassador. samantha power blasting the rush rob an federation calling their justification for mill ta risin cirmea, a lie. ambassador power did not use the wording invasion or incurring to describe the russian military act in crimea. >> so many assersions made this afternoon are without b
that his goal is to isolate russia and make its actions in ukraine very costly. with russian troops now swarming, sovereigning ukrainian territory, preparing likely sanctions against russia. president obama vowing today to make russia's military intervention a costly proposition. >> what we're indicating to the russians is that if, in fact, they continue on the projectory that they are on, we are going to have a negative impact on russia's economy and its status in the world. >> reporter: the possible sanctions include freezing the overseas assets of russian individuals and companies, banning travel for russian leaders and businessmen and at the more extreme end, blocking some russian banks from the international financial system, an enormously costly situation for russia. all of these require unity within the western powers and today a sign they could be divided. this official document caught on camera by a british photographer as it was cared to 10 downing street in london refers to britain's support for key figures but says that the uk should not support for now trade sanctions or cl
is the relationship between russia and the ukraine. russian history begins in key, not moscow. that? is >> long story, but they began in kiev and religion has its roots in kiev as well. certainly, vladimir putin was a state builder and someone who wants to reassert to some extent what he calls a eurasian union. >> of the eurasian union. >> belarus, central asia. isthe core of that russia-ukraine. yet within the ukraine, you have , until some days ago, yanukovych was low -- loyal to moscow. you have the eastern part of the ukraine that speaks russian predominantly and leads towards moscow. there are all kinds of divisions here. what i would say is that yanukovych was awful. on the other hand, he was democratically elected. he was overthrown in the streets. he murdered dozens of his own people -- >> during the protests. >> absolutely. he was corrupt as corrupt could be. we are at a very familiar moment we have experienced over and over again, that excitement. it's that moment -- >> we think history is happening here. >> democratic institutions and the norms will take hold. the illusion of tahrir square
intimdation. general good to have you wit u us. 150,000 russian troops on the border with ukraine. they have the cry me an -- krimmnan ports are filled with russian ships. >> i take my hat off to the ukrainian leadership, they navigated waters that have been stirred up by mr. putin well, resisted anyype of arm react. they are working hard to establish a democratic government, in kiev, they are doing the right thing. they are asking for financial aid from the european union and the united states to get themselves back on their feet, fiscally. but in terms of who putin is doing, it is important to understand that krimea vitally importa to russians. sebastopol is oy warm water port they have, we perhaps don't make as much as of domestically as perhaps russian do this is a very emotional issue, for all of the russian people and putin's reputation is at stake. lou: so is the landover which his pipelines run, carrying natul gas t europe, so is the bread basket that is ukraine russian for russia an stomachs. >> hard to say, so far, he has not put the hammer down. but remember, now,he russians, as y
in ukraine remain fluid. russian soldiers fired warning shots to push back ukrainian soldiers. no one was hur hurt. secretary of state john kerry was in the capitol of kiev carrying on a promise of $1 billion in emergency aid and criticized russia's moves in ukraine. >>> the crisis in ukraine is shining a harsh light on that country's economy and it's need to avoid default and it's highlighted russia's economic weakness and it's overreliance on energy exports. these two countries are home to plenty of rich people. plenty of billionaires, but that was not always the case. back in 2004 forbes reported that russia had 25 billion narrows and ukraine had none. ten years later forbes said russian has 111 billion narrows and ukraine has nine. the u.s. and china have the world's most billion narrows. all this information and more is in the forbes world billion narrows issue out this week. joining me to talk about those on the list, cary, good to see you. thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> ologarts suggest a small number of people who control a large part of the economy. >> an
.s. is deeply concerned by the reports of russian military movements in ukraine. there will be consequences if russian intervenes. mike viqueira for us at the white house. mike, the president didn't say what those intervention measures could be. >> no one takinbe. >> what is left on the table? that's going to be the speculation. obviously it will be economic sanctions on what materials, when would those sanctions go into effect. if it's the united nations security council well, one of the permanent five would veto unless one of them is russia. it caps two days of escalating rhetoric and the secretary of state. today talking about lines that shouldn't be crossed. two consecutive days of conversations with counterparts. and today the president spoke and said it would be a grave mistake if russia from to violate the territorial integrity and sovereignty of ukraine, which is evidently is happening. >> obama: we are now deeply concerned of reports of military movements taken by russian federation inside ukraine. russia has an historic relationship with ukraine, but any violation of ukraine's sov
by reports that russian military movements were inside ukraine today. >> it would be deeply destabilizing and represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the ukrainian people. they have iges of them taking over buildings. tanks and soldiers were seen crossing the borders today in the crimeria peninsula. betweenensions mount ukrainians, officials arrived in the crimean capital calling on putin to call back. president said he remains the country possible rival leader. he is calling on putin to act decisively to restore him to power. >> forces inside the ukraine gear,g unmarked military they say are not russian. but they're carrying the kind of firepower at it is believed that only russia could provide. rebecca cooper, abc 7 news. new at 6:00, paul is fighting back. affairsound an internal report. it highlights a lack of training of a rookie firefighter who refuse to help when he collapsed. that information was not included on a public report. they say that is because they have not verified it. what is the benefit to begin by releasing certain segments of it? >> f
, in ukraine. the russian foreign minister says russia has chosen to intervene because the lives of its citizens are under threat. william hague is also in kiev for talks at the moment with the interim government. he described it as the biggest crisis in europe this century. speaking at 5eu news conference, i warned consequence else for russia if it didn't respect ukrainian territory. >> if this situation cannot be resolved, there will have to be other consequences and other costs. and i'm not going to say today what all of those are. we will act in a united way with other nations in the world. the european union meeting today will gate some of the things, some of the areas that might be involved, subject to the discussions of my colleagues in brussels. so russia should be no doubt about this. this is something we take very seriously, we have to take very seriously. because if this is -- if this becomes the normal way of behaving in the world, of intruding upon and violating the sovereignty of neighbors, clearly that would be an even bigger crisis in international affairs. >> william ha
. >> with russian warships on the coast, and troops around military bases, this part of the ukraine is under the world microscope tonight. >> >> i know president who in has a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations. i do not think that is fooling anybody. >> the threat is there. you have -- with a person taking part in the protests. threats of economic sanctions against russia may be their biggest help. today, it is the ukraine. tomorrow, russia will occupy lot via. -- latvia. it is a threat to the world. >> the russians caused alarm, flawed -- firing a ballistic missile in. that was preplanned before the invasion. not to be shown as a sign of aggression. >> we have one more note on this. word thatt surged on russia had pulled back troops. the s&p 500 gained 28 points. closing any record high. >> fire destroyed a large home in anne arundel county. because of the rural location, fire crews had to truck water in from seven miles away. a dog and two children were home but escaped unharmed. it is unclear what caused the fire. up, a politician turns to a snow shovel to
at life and security of those who live in the ukraine including, of course, the citizens of the russian federation. >> reporter: sergei lavrov speaking in madrid. let's go to tom barge who sdwroins us now from madrid. was anything discussed about this outline plan about international monitors, tom? >> reporter: it's interesting, a small protest group living in ukraine. on that point sergei lavrov said the west are going to have to ask the crimean government, the regional governments in crimea. that government is very new finance the last few days and pro russian. russia trying to push the idea that the legitimate authority in that part of ukraine is the regional government. also, interesting when we asked lavrov whether russia would be willing to negotiate the withdraw of forces, sergei lavrov saying those forces do not take authority from moscow. no real detail about how this could be resolved, and despite all the friendly language between the spanish foreign minister and russian foreign minister particularly about economic and mutual business interest, when it comes to the legitimate
: this is the first face-to-face meeting between top american and russian officials since things in ukraine and crimea took a dramatic turn for the worse over the weekend. there seems to be an enormous gulf in perception between washington and mock on you as to what is happening in crimea and the nature of events in kiev over the past few days, moscow saying that an illegal rebellion led by facists. americans with european leaders stressing its legitimacy. there is that huge gulf between them. on the other hand, as you heard sergei lavrov saying russia does not want bloodshed, the west saying they will treat russia as a partner on this issue. so there is scope for common ground and i guess events in paris over the next few hours will give us a pretty good sign as to whether the diplomatic tension is going to drag on or worsen within the or if there are the first chinks of light at the end of the tunnel. there's a way through with dye log? we don't know yet. >> the trial of three al jazeera journalists was resumed in egypt. the court is hearing evidence for the prosecution. peter gresta, barha mohammed
russian counterpart over the phone to pull back the troops. secretary of state john kerry flies to ukraine tomorrow. after the meeting today with the president of moldova, another former soviet republic whose security may depend on the result in ukraine. on sunday, kerry was quite strident in his condemnation of russia. >> this is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. it's really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century. >> financial markets today appear to be exacting their own revenge on russia, and investors as a whole. u.s. markets are down triple digits in midday trading. while the main russian exchange lost about 11% of its value and the russian ruble hit an all-time low against the dollar. still, the question remains, how should the u.s. respond to this crisis, which began after the ouster of ukraine's pro-russia regime last month? the answer among some hawks is, naturally, first blame president obama. the "washington post" editorial section wrote today, "president obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should oper
of russian troops are focused in the crimea region following a dramatic weekend in the ukraine. this is a declaration of war by vladimir putin. u.s. secretary of state john kerry condemning russia's actions and will travel to kiev tomorrow for talks with the new ukrainian government. >> president putin is using force in a completely inappropriate manner. fears he's going to lose on the international stage. russia is going to lose. >> steve, it's the one possible benefit of seeing russian aggression here, but actually, it could boost popular support for the new ukrainian government. >> i'm not sure about that, julia. i think this is a country that's split top to bottom, east to west, north to south. the russians invaded crimea. it is the russian troops in force with a lot of military hardware. because they said and putin said with the backing on the russian parliament they were defending the interest of russian speakers, just to remind viewers, crimea was russian. 58% of the minimum of the population believe themselves to be russian. it's a similar story in the east of the count
, cooperation and partnership between the ukraine and russian federation of 1997. russia and ukraine must starts effective dialogue to resolve the crisis between them. a dialogue that would lead to the return of the crimean region to the control as soon as possible. we call on ukraine to take immediate steps to resolve this of both paternity and to respect human right, and particularly the minority rights in to revoke any measures that were taken which may undermine such rights. at the same time, we stress the need to not interfere in the internal affairs so that the country may decide its own political future. the united nations security council must assume its responsibilities regarding the situation in ukraine. we also supports the mediation efforts by the united nations secretary-general and supports the contact with the various parties in this regard. we wish to receive more clarifications from the parties concerned regarding the situation on the ground and particularly in the region. this will be helpful. we note the need for the security council to investigate the crimean region and to lo
reserves the right to use force to protect ethnic russians in ukraine. >> reporter: if we see that lawlessness starting in eastern regions too, if people ask us for help we reserve the right to use all options at our disposal to protect those citizens. >> woodruff: on politics, the russian leader said viktor yanukovich is the legitimate president of ukraine but acknowledged he has no political future. and putin suggested moscow might reject the results of any new elections. >> reporter: it depends on how they will be held. if they are held in the same terror that we see now in kiev, then we won't recognize. >> woodruff: in washington, president obama flatly rejected putin's justifications for russia's actions. >> president putin seems to have different set of lawyers making different set of interpretations. but i don't think that's fooling anybody. i think everybody recognizes that although russia has legitimate interests in what happens in neighboring state, that does not give it the right to use force as a means of exerting influence in that state >> woodruff: ukraine's new
a full blown international affair, the russian parliament sent troops into ukraine less than 600 miles from where the olympics were just held. the situation in ukraine is called extraordinary with russian lives in threat. the active president has armed forces on alert. many are hoping to cut ties with ukraine. the un secretary general says he earned them. >> it is crucial to have cool heads must prevail. and we must end this crisis. >> earlier today president barack obama spoke with president putin for 90 minutes warning him if he continues to violate international law there will be criminal and economic fall out. >>> we have reaction from protester who's gather outside the russian consul at in san francisco. >> protefltsters who oppose the russian military intervention gathered around to sing international songs to show support for their friends on the other side of the globe. >> if you ride the history of ukraine for ten minutes you would understand the pain of all these people. ukraine has never attacked anyone. >> while some are welcoming russia's presence, many are watching in dis
speaking and russian supporting part of ukraine and ukraine will be divided. this is clearly not working the way the u.s. and allies had hoped but they are having meetings tonight in paris and tomorrow in paris and in rome. you will see sergei lavrov but doesn't seem they are backing down. >> it does seem, the ukrainian government and military, russian military out of uniform but there, are trying not to shoot at each other to be blunt. >> i think that's true. i think there were some shots fired today apparently and there are ship movements and worrying facts on the ground. so far it has not been a violent confrontation. kerry was praising ukrainian leaders for showing restraint because the provocation politically and russia could move farther into the rest of the ukraine. so he is urging them to pull themselves together into an interim government that doesn't give putin any pretext that he can point to to try to take control of an entire country. >> let's talk about the president, our president. president obama seems to be allowing the russians do have an interest in ukraine in the sens
. in a blow to ukraine's government the head of its navy defected to the pro-russian forces and is being charged with treason. jennifer glasse is in crimea, and has been to a base surrounded by armed groups. she said in this report, near the crimean capital. >> it was not a day that sergei storozhenko expected. a group of russians came to his base, wanting him to surrender. "they said they are here to bring stability to crimea", what that meant he didn't know. he refused to give up. truckloads arrive. the colonel watches and says, "they're here." the ukrainians move a vehicle to the gate. there'll be no reinforcements. no one is coming from kiev. i'm alone. me and my brigade. we'll do what we can and we'll see. we'll see. then the troops come in on foot. some civilians try to stop them. soon they had the base surrounded much the two armies feet from each other. >> we have a standoff here. ukrainian troops, russian troops - they are russian troops all around here. they came in earlier and told the commander to give us a base. he said he wouldn't. now they are standing against each other.
with the breaking news. the united states believes that russian troops have entered ukraine. ukrainian officials are accusing russia of an armed invasion after hundreds of troops tried to take control of two airports in crimea. several builds have been seized and they are patrolling the streets. we have new video to show you. these are russian helicopters flying over crimea, which is the peninsula below the ukraine. this picture was posted on youtube. the president, just a short time ago, addressed the nation in an unexpected statement from the white house briefing room. he said the united states is, quote, deeply concerned by reports of russia's military movements. >> and just days after the world came to russia for the olympic games that would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. and, indeed, the united states will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in ukraine. >> all right. i want to get straight to the chief national security correspondent for us here at cnn, jim sciutto. jim, what are your sources tellin
a map for you, pipelines that want go through ukraine from russia to europe about 25% of russian exports go to europe and half of that goes to those pipelines that go through ukraine. you can see the uncertainty something at play in all the markets today. >> those warm water ports in crimea for russia the only warm water ports they have. christine romans thanks very much. >>> in just a moment we'll check in over at the white house. first the latest from crimea itself. let's go to our correspondent on the ground. what's the latest, diana? >> reporter: hi, wolf. the new ukrainian naval commander because the old one defected just a few days ago and transferred the pro russian kiev side, the new commander says that ten naval and military bases across crimea are now under the control of russian forces and we've also heard reports of attacks on border posts along the east of crimea. our own ben weidmann is on the way there. most of these takeovers have been very peaceful, very strange standoff. where soldiers are just basically standing around but it still means this entire continent is under
for military intervention in ukraine. >> meantime, gunmen described as russian troops to control key airports in crimea on friday. kristen welker is joining me to talk about this. good morning to you. we hear the president might cancel plans to attend the upcoming g-8 in russia. what are you hearing on that? >> that's right. you heard president obama use the word costs in the statement. he was vague. you are right, u.s. officials say the u.s. and its allies are considering a possible boycott of the g-8 summit which will be hosted by russia, in sochi, the same place the olympics took place. this is days after officials here at the white house, this administration urging russia not to intervene in ukraine. the national security adviserer, secretary kerry, all worning russia it would be a grave mistake to intervene in ukraine when it appeared the diplomatic efforts were failing. president obama came out with a stern warning. here is more of what he had to say. >> throughout this crisis, we have been clear about one fundamental principal. the ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to decide the
there in ukraine, talking specifically about the russians of course. >> yes, and he said the uk is not considering a military option. i think that was pretty self evident but now it's from the lips of the foreign minister. the diplomatic route is that everyone i think more or less wants to go down. fascinating but as the british foreign secretary was talking in geneva the russian foreign minist minister laverof was saying we need to be calm and we need to pursue political, diplomatic channels. but of course the gulf between them in ideology is huge, remains so. the russians see what happened here in kiev as an illegitimate over throwing of an elected president yanukovych who of course fled the country as a result of demonstrations here and the culminations and the killings in the square. russians say they have gone to crime yeah and said this repeatedly to protect their ethnic, russian-speaking ukrainians. it's an atonomous and john kerry said that and william hague said it's the biggest in century. >> reporter: more crisis meetings being held in kiev and everyone you say is closely watching the
. tragically, it appears ukrainian diplomats forget to call no backsies. >> wanting to keep ukraine a russian state. will secretary kerry's visit help? and hillary clinton goes after putin with a nazi germany comparison. does that enhance her poll numbers? >>> and john travolta's mea culpa. >>> good morning. i'm thomas roberts. it's wednesday, march 5th. welcome to "way too early," trying to limit its flubs to one syllable. it depends on where you put the emphasis on the syllable. meeting with his russian counterpart to talk through mounting tensions through ukraine. secretary kerry visited kiev, bringing with him prayers for slain protesters and $1 billion aid
entered the territory of -- you legally -- russians have illegally entered the territory of ukraine. the counsel has authorized military force against ukraine. the troops already there and their number is increasing every hour. this constitutes an active aggression against ukraine. it threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country. the russian federation does not comply -- the buddhist test -- the past -- budapest memorandum -- it is dangerous to the principal. russia rejected the proposal on august 7. the federation violated the principles of charter of the united nations. time, in this fluid situation, -- the government of ukraine has quested to hold this meeting. we call upon the security council to do everything possible to stop aggression against ukraine. we are calling for the international monitors we ask all member states of the united nations to demonstrate solidarity with the ukraine to protect the very basic principals of the united nations currently brutally violated by a permanent state, a prominent member of the security council. thank you, madam pr
bases in eastern ukraine where russian flags are hosted in eastern ukraine. pro-russians took over a floor of a main administrative building. >> those who are in crimea and if they present any legal and i would raise it again, any legal power in crimea, they try to squeeze ukrainian efforts, come to seize ukrainian property, tried to disarm the ukrainian army. >> reporter: there has been tough talk from western leaders like brit intaken's foreign -- britain's foreign secretary in the hague. secretary of state john kerry said world leaders are prepared to go to the hilt to isolate russia with respect to this invasion. g7 countries are suspending preparations for the g8 summit that is supposed to be held in sochi. besides sanctions there is little else they can do to apply pressure to russia. it is clear diplomacy is the only way to work this out but it is not clear what the sharpest, most effective tools in the diplomatic tool box. russia is paying price for its actions. the stock market went down 10% in moscow. that is the worst hit since 2008. it is down $58 billion since the clos
they're even russian. a lot of moving part this is morning as secretary kerry arrives in ukraine. >>> what we can learn about the entire 2014 campaign and how one candidate is working on 50 years of family history on the ballot. >>> and more developing news this morning. the president's outside political operation making changes in the wake of an exclusive nbc news report on their fund-raising operation. we'll have more on what organizing for action chief jim messina has now told his team. >>> good morning from washington. it's tuesday, march 4th, 2014. this is "the daily rundown." >>> first reads of the morning, russian president vladimir putin went before the media this morning to defend his country's actions in the wake of the ukrainian revolution, arguing that it amounted to a coup that demanded a russian response. he he told reporters he would use force in ukraine only as a last resort, he claimed. but he said he reserves the right to do so. putin also said further military action would be justified because the ousted president, victor yanukovych has requested it. he said an
affairs. >> at this hour russian soldiers remain in control of ukraine's southern region of crimea. today the parliament i'm proved president putin's request to use force. the united nations had a special meet to go discuss this crisis. they are calling for u.n. to observe. president obama spoke to putin earlier toed urging him to withdraw his troops from ukraine. in the southern part that have country reu rus rush has ceased. crimea. >> reporter: the crimea prime minister asked hospital could you for help and he's getting. russia's decision authorize force in ukraine came as a surprise to much of the world. here in crimea at least, it's welcome news to many. jubilation in the crimean capital. the russians are coming. the as moscow endorsed the use of force, he would anything russians that are the majority here took to the streets. sporting the russian flag. >> translator: they are our protectors. there will be no military clashes she tells me. they are just here to guarantee our safety. >> reporter: beneath the statue of communist leader vladimir len up, russian and soviet military flags
we're following this hour. western leaders are rushing to defuse a crisis in ukraine, as russian leaders pull in the opposite direction. >>> red cross officials from japan and north korea have finished their first talks in 18 months. >>> and we begin our week-long coverage, bringing you all the latest developments from the national people's congress in beijing. the interim president of ukraine says russian forces have made a declaration of war. troops have surrounded military outposts in the southern ukrainian republic of crimea. russian president vladimir putin suggested he had the right to invade. nhk world's minna comb saw wow reports. >> reporter: in this major crimean city residents gathered to show their allegiance to russia. ethnic russians make up more than 60% of the region's population. crimea is important to russia, as well. the country's black sea fleet is currently stationed at the foes of sevastopol. the russian parliament's upper house on saturday unanimously approved a request by putin to use military force in ukraine. the black sea fleet has already been increasi
or not russian forces might actually go into eastern part of ukraine. other russian-speaking areas. if that happens, that would be a major escalation. in sign of that at this point. but there's real concern about what the next step of vladimir putin is, wolf. >> because it's clear to everyone that the ukrainian military is really under the worst of circumstances would be no match for the russian military, which is so much more powerful, so much more advanced. so the key as you correctly point out, according to u.s. officials, as well, keep the russian troops in crimea, but if they start moving eastward, towards where you are in kiev, that would escalate the situation dramatically. is there a real concern in kiev with the ukrainian government that the russian military might actually move toward the east? >> there is concern. basically everybody here you talk to has that concern. for them, that obviously is -- would be the ultimate act of declaration of war. they already see this as a declaration of war. but to move into eastern parts of ukraine. and that's -- you know, the borders o
. ukraine that is all up on the resurgence of russian forces tightened their grip on the ground china blames of this notice for saturday's deadly. which left twenty nine. major escalation in which to be facing the continuing drought has forced itself. aside from the city. mind you on posting things for joining us i'm only home they began escalating tensions in ukraine there are reports coming in from the last hour at the interim government in kiev is calling up and military reservists. this after us present crop of aman has urged his russian counterpart letter written to dia escalate the crisis when the ninety minute telephone conversation between the leaders obama said that moscow has flouted international law by sending troops to ukraine. here's to two simple forces back to bases in crimea of the top came after russian parliament gave it to the green light to use the troops in the country of a moscow says no final decision has been made on whether the use of force meanwhile unidentified gunmen have solidified their control of the crimean peninsula. it continued to patrol the streets of suc
on ukraine. now just to let you know, a majority of the population in crimea are ethnic russian. we're joined now from moscow, to tell us more about the session that we're looking at right now going in moscow. >> reporter: it's almost breathtaking how fast this situation is moving. earlier on, on saturday the lower house of parliament requested that putin step in and take decisive action in ukraine. about an hour ago vladimir putin then requested of the upper house that they allow military action in ukraine. now we have an extraordinary session of the upper house of parliament where they are going to be debasing and voting on just that proposal from the president. the way it's going to work is that they are have an statement and announcement to the presence within two days. now i can't imagine that it will take as long as that for them to reach their decision. we've had a succession of speakers taking the podium over the last 20 minutes or so, and the message has been absolutely unanimous. every one of the people who has got up has spoken about their approval, the need for russia to take a de
. he even have some russian speakers joining the pro- ukraine, saying i am russian but i live in ukraine. you have a very volatile situation here and every few minutes the crowd tries to search. there have been scuffles and brawls breaking up. the interior industry troops now seem to be holding things together, seem to be holding is athe crowds but there sense that they have been approaching the problem and doors all morning and it is unclear -- they seem to want to perhaps try to get into parliament and maybe occupy the building. it is too early to say it will happen but it it is a very wait-and-see situation right now here in the center of the crimean capital at the parliament building. ondouglas herbert reporting events as they unfold in the crimean capital am a witnessing some very turbulent scenes. former president viktor yanukovych currently a wanted man. the last current sighting of him was and crimea. a warrant has been issued for his arrest by the interim authorities in kiev but on tuesday the parliament also voted to send him to the international criminal court. they
of government in ukraine but before russian forces started fanning out across crimea and controlling that region of ukraine. these drills, these war games, they were huge, 150,000 soldiers, huge amounts of hardware, including up to 900 tanks, and there were concerns that this could evolve into some sort of large-scale military incursion or even an invasion into ukraine, but it now seems pretty clear they're being conducted entirely separately to the ongoing military operation in crimea. those drilling forces, they have now been ordered back to barracks, but in crimea, there are no reports of the russian forces there changing the positions that they are occupying. no sign that they are falling back or pulling out of that region at all. and as you say, we are expecting to hear from president vladimir putin any moment. this will be significant, because it is the first time he will have made public statements since this operation began in crimea. >> phil, do we have any idea what he plans to say or what he's going to use these remarks to sort of frame the situation? >> reporter: we don't know precis
as tensions between ukraine and russia escalate. second, in the last few hours, russian presidents putin went before t cameras to address the situation. abc7 news reporter is in washington with the latest. >>> good morning, world powers are warning president putin to withdraw before the situation explodes. so far, he has not budged. >> russian president putin is not back down. today he called the new government illegitimate say it took power as a result of a coup and has ordered some troops on the border to return home tensions are high. >> with the russian air force in the skies and russian boots on the ground and the russian navy patrolling the ports putin controls the crimea region a huge escalation raising tensions around the globe. russia says the troops are protecting shall be citizens from the unrest sparked by protests that led to the out of thing of the president. >> the country is plunged into chaos. all military exercises are put on hold by the pentagon. president obama is again warning russia. >> the strong condemnation received from countries around the world indicates the degree
in ukraine. russian soldiers continue to blockade and occupy ukrainian military facilities in crimea. firing warning shots in the air as unarmed ukrainian soldiers sought to regain control of a contested airfield. ukrainian soldiers and their russian counterparts stared each other down in tense standoffs, russian president vladimir putin finally broke his silence on the unfolding situation. accusing the u.s. of treating ukrainians like lab rats and insisting russian troops in crimea wearing unmarked uniforms are local defense forces. what happens now is anyone's guess. >> man, what's going on? ♪ >> the first shots fired today, luckily just warning shots as an extraordinary moment unfolded in crimea this morning when troops led by their colonel decided to march to the airfield they used to man until the russians arrived last week. there, unarmed, singing the ukraine national anthem, they confronted the russian soldiers. >> the standoff lasted five hours. russian snipers at the ready. finally, the ukrainians backed down. >> the standoff lasted five hours. russian snipers at the ready. finall
of diplomatic maneuvering on ukraine throughout europe today. the russian foreign minister was in spain first this morning for talks. speaking in madrid, he repeated russia's assertion that armed men deployed in the eastern ukrainian region of crimea are not russian forces. >> we believe that the problem in ukraine comes from the international community's lack of reaction. it failed to find a concerted response to demonstrations against the ukrainian government , protests that violated severely the ukrainian constitution. voices from abroad didn't just fail to react to some encouraged and even instigated the movement. russian foreign minister is also in paris today, sitting down with u.s. secretary of state john kerry. ukrainian foreign minister already met with his french counterpart in paris. let's listen. >> it was aggression from the russian side in crimea. but it is now time to think about the way out, and it is not only about ukraine, but the future of russia, how russia will do with what it did to ukraine. arance's position -- it is firm position against the russian intervention. forth
to deescalate tensions in ukraine. russian troops continue to move through ukraine's crimea region. peter is live in washington with the latest. good morning, peter. >> good morning. the latest news from moscow is that russian troops are still moving aggressively into ukraine and president putin has permission from russian parliament to send in some more. this comes as the russian border guard service now says that they have counted at least 675,000 people fleeing ukraine for russia in the last two months because of what the russians describe as a humanitarian catastrophe. we know president obama's principle advisors got together yesterday to discuss the latest developments and national security adviser susan rice later briefed him on the takeaways from that meeting. president obama also spoke separately on saturday to french president hollande and canadian prime minister harper and the white house tells us those leaders all agreed ukraine's sovereignty must be respected by the russians. the leaders all agreed to remain united but also to work within the limits of international law to fig
. it is three days into what the white house is described as a russian invasion of ukraine and now vladimir putin is tightening his grip. today russia's navy demanded that all ukrainian forces in crimea surrender by tomorrow. >> this could spread to the east and it's already dangerous and could get horrendous. >> john kerry arrives in ukraine tomorrow on a diplomatic mission to support the interim ukrainian government. secretary kerry warned there could be repercussions for russia and he said all options are still on the table. >> this is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. it's really 19th century behavior in the 21st century. >> 19th scentury, a 90-minute phone call between putin and obama yielded no solutions. and president obama is taking hits at home for his perceived inability to reign in russia. >> would do we care? zbls the ultimate result of a fek less foreign policy where nobody believes in america anymore. >> the u.s. delegation will be skipping the pairalympics in sochi because of what is happening in the ukraine. pro russian demonstrators
reports that president putin is listening. >> thousands of russian troops deployed in ukraine, the fundamental position remains the same. >> it is not appropriate to invade a country that is not 21st century g-8 major nation behavior. >> you heard president obama refer to a possible pause in russian military intervention in ukraine. so what did he mean by that? when i asked the officials, i pointed my attention to this quote from vladimir putin today. he said, "regarding the deployment of troops, the use of armed forces, so far there is no need for it. such a measure would be the very last resort." now, russia has already deployed troops in crimea, the pause they are talking about is he hasn't gone further. he hasn't sent them further out of their bases and they are looking at that as a positive sign. >> let's hope that's a positive sign. jim sciutto will be back. as tensions rise in ukraine, u.s. officials are confirming russia has test fired ann ter couldn't nen sal missile. what do we know about this, barbara starr? >> officials are telling us that the russians in fact noti
. the head of the ukraine navy was kicked out after swearing allegiance to crimea. russian troops surrounded military bases in crimea and depended military bases disarm. jennifer glasse reports from one of the military bases in crimea. >> it wasn't the day that sergei storozhenko thought it would be. russian forces came to his base ordering him to surrender. more russians arrived, truckloads. the colonel watches and tells someone "they're here." the ukrainians move an armored fighting vehicle to the gate. there'll be no enforcements. "no one is coming from kiev", he tells me, "me and my brigade. we'll do what we can, we'll see." the commander and his brigade says, "we'll see if there'll be war." then the troops come in on foot. some civilians try to stop them. soon they had the base surrounding them. the two armies, feet from each other. >> we have a standoff. ukrainian russian troops. they came in earlier and told the commander to give us a base. he said he wouldn't. now they are standing against each other. >> they still want the ukrainians to lay down their arms. "no deal, says the col th
aljazeera.com. >> a possible russian military intervention would be bad news for ukraine and unsettling to say the least for the global economy. we will explain. plus new data reveal that u.s. growth has been slowing down again. weather is a problem, and that was before the next winter storms coming this weekend. and the new hockey arena in detroit that developers believe could help save the city. i'm david shuster in for ali velshi. and this is "real money." >> this is "real money," and you are the most important part of the show. join our live conversation for the next half hour on twitter, facebook.com /aj real money. this has been another day of uncertainty in ukraine. a small country that plays a pivotal role to economic giants. the instability of ukraine and the di ployment of russian troops, in the crimea region of ukraine. one quarter of western's natural gas is supplied by iran, and half of that goes through ukraine pipeline network. any disruption would hit germany hard which depends on gas to run its factories. as it stands russian officials say they need $15 billion this spr
the syrian war, but even that has been shadowed by the events in ukraine. >> holding talks with russian diplomats at the headquarters in brussels. the crisis in ukraine straining relationships between n.a.t.o. members and russia. >> reporter: the meeting is taking place under something rather technically sounds rather dull, the russia n.a.t.o. council, but that organization formed in 2002 actually is responsible for incident mitt military cooperation. for example, russia and n.a.t.o. have an institution in fixes afghan helicopters. they have an operation in afghanistan of narcotic troops. it funds anti-piracy operations. these are quite important. military collaboration operations. one thought is if n.a.t.o. is sufficiently angry with its russian partner they may threaten to suspend or council some of those organizations and some of those collaborations. we won't know for sure. what we do know is that when the meeting ends we'll have a statement, and possibly some comments from the russian ambassador alexander krushchev himself. >> we'll bring mu more at the top of the top of the news
concerned by what is going on and said the russians refer to what is going on in the ukraine as the ukraine virus and they fear it will spread to russia. do you share that view? >> i'm not going to comment on the comments of a private citizen, but i will say, broadly speaking, every country we viewed differently. every country has unique circumstances full stop obviously the people of the ukraine have spoken and called for a path forward. that is what we are supporting. anymore the ukraine? context ofioned the in secretary talking, being touch with russia. at the same time you said you are working on the interim government. ,nother part in this process what kind of contact have you had with the e.u.? >> about the ukraine? very close contact. >> good afternoon, everybody. over the last several days, the united states has been responding to events as they have unfolded in the ukraine. through this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental question. the ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. together with our european allies, we have urged an end to
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